The havoc wreaked by Harvey is now being assessed and although the deluge is over there still remains a huge amount of mopping up and work in getting services back to normal. However, it is the children who struggle to come to terms with their world being turned upside down.
Here are some updates from the government sites about emergency numbers and places that are open and those still closed so you can plan accordingly.
For a medical/functional emergency call 211.
For a life-threatening emergency call 911.
For rescues call 281-238-3430
For information about shelters or help, dial 311 (from inside Houston).
Outside Houston, dial 211
Office Of Emergency Management 713-881-3100
Houston American Red Cross 713-526-8300 or 1-866-526-8300
Flood Control 713-684-4000
People in distress can call the following US Coast Guard numbers:
New Coast Guard Harvey emergency response line – 202-372-2100. When you call give your name, number of people trapped, number of pets, address and telephone number.
This Convention Center now has sufficient cots to accommodate people who need shelter – in the first couple of nights there was a serious shortage as over 8300 people took refuge there. Mountains of clothing and shoes have been donated. Bathroom conditions in the overcrowded center in this emergency are however less than ideal, but donations of supplies are coming in. With over 40% of the occupants being children The Save the Children organization http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9534789/k.9D36/Hurricane_Harvey.htm has stepped in and are providing city shelters with family-friendly relief supplies such as baby shampoo, diapers and baby-safe portable tubs, cribs, strollers, and changing tables.
Keeping kids occupied
While adults are concerned with trying to rescue their belongings and dry out their homes they also need to protect their children from the aftermath of the disaster by keeping them busy.
Save the Children Organization has set up child-friendly spaces in shelters so kids can play and learn while parents are busy sorting out their emergency needs.
At the centers, parents can access specially trained staff to help the children in dealing with the emotional pain of loosing loved ones, pets, homes and toys. The trained staff will help them in coming to terms with other emotions that may have surfaced during and in the aftermath of the disaster.
There are a host of other places to find refuge – here’s a list:
The following churches and schools are open and will assist:
These YMCAs will assist:
Gallery Furniture – off I-45 North between Tidwell and Parker has food, water, and plenty of mattresses for those in need of shelter from flood waters.
BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions is closed to the public from Saturday until Tuesday September 5th, although animals will be rescued and housed.